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Tsuruga-jō Castle in Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima

Behind the Shot

Steve Brazill (@SteveBrazill) asked me to join him on his Behind the Shot podcast (@BehindTheShotTV) to take a look at how I made this image from Burning Man. We also have a little contest to win a “How to Build Real Influence” class I did with @laurenepbath. Check it out here!

The Boshin War

I BET you don’t know much about this war… neither did I until researching this spot in Japan featured in today’s photo. Below is from Wikipedia:

The Boshin War (戊辰戦争 Boshin Sensō, “War of the Year of the Yang Earth Dragon”), also known as the Japanese Revolution, was a civil war fought in Japan between the ruling Tokugawa Shogunate and supporters of the Imperial Court from 27 January 1868 to 27 June 1869.

The Tokugawa Shogunate’s handling of foreigners following the Opening of Japan during the 1850s and decline from increasing Western influence in the economy disillusioned many kazoku nobles and young samurai warriors, who sought to return power to the Emperor’s Imperial Court in Kyoto after 683 years of Shogunate rule. An alliance of court officials and western samurai, particularly from the domains of Chōshū, Satsuma and Tosa, supported by the United Kingdom secured control of the Imperial Court. Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the sitting shōgun, abdicated political power to the young Emperor Meiji hoping that the House of Tokugawa could be preserved and participate in the future government. Military movements by Imperial forces, French support, partisan violence in Edo, and an imperial decree abolishing the Tokugawa promoted by Satsuma and Chōshū led Yoshinobu to launch a military campaign to seize the Emperor’s court in Kyoto. The conflict rapidly turned against the Shogunate, and Yoshinobu personally surrendered after a series of battles culminating in the surrender of Edo. Tokugawa loyalists retreated to northern Honshū where they joined the Northern Alliance against the Imperial faction, but were defeated several months later and fled to Hokkaidō. In January 1869, the Shogunate established the Republic of Ezo on Hokkaidō to continue their rule as a separate state and sued for peace. The Imperial faction invaded Hokkaidō and defeated the Shogunate at the Battle of Hakodate in June, ending the war.

The Boshin War made imperial rule supreme throughout the whole of Japan, completing the military phase of the Meiji Restoration and establishing the Empire of Japan. The victorious Imperial faction abandoned its objective to expel foreigners from Japan, and instead adopted a policy of continued modernization and industrialization to eventual renegotiation of the unequal treaties with the Western powers. Tokugawa loyalists were shown clemency due to the persistence of Saigō Takamori, a prominent leader of the Imperial faction, and many former Shogunate leaders and samurai were later given positions of responsibility under the new government. Around 120,000 men were mobilized during the conflict and of these about 3,500 were killed, and over time the war has been romanticized as a “bloodless revolution” because of the small number of casualties.

Daily Photo – Tsuruga-jō Castle in Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima

Believe it or not, I got really good at saying all these super-long Japanese names while I was there! I pretty much had to, since hardly anyone spoke English and I had to navigate the serpentine rail and bus system. I didn’t have much time in Aizuwakamatsu-shi, but I wanted to make sure this classic old castle was on the list… It took me down a whole interesting history lesson in one of the many Japanese civil wars.

Tsuruga-jō Castle in Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima

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  • Date Taken2019-07-21 03:04:15
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The Folds of the Earth

Subscribe to my new podcast!

Hey, this is kind of a fun announcement! I’ve now recorded about eight different “Walk n’ Talk” discussions with clever people from all around the world. They were all originally recorded on this 360 video camera that I hold in front of us while we walk through beautiful places in the world… When you watch those on YouTube you can grab the camera and aim it any direction you want if you get tired of seeing me and my guest! We also decided to release these as “Audio Only” versions for traditional podcast mechanisms. Just go sign up with your favorite podcasting tech (iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or in some regions Google Play) and give them a bunch of stars! 🙂

$800 of Mushrooms

This video is super funny.

Daily Photo – The Folds of the Earth

I took this while I was cooking alive in Death Valley, California. It must have been like 130 degrees outside (but quite dry) or something. That’s next level stuff. On another note, I heard there are a lot of hate groups forming in this area, but it’s not that bad because it’s a dry hate.

The Folds of the Earth

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  • Date Taken2012-08-26 12:33:53
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Along the Coast of Oregon

Trey Ratcliff and the Mueller Report on USA Today

Hey I was mentioned alongside the Mueller Report on USA Today… Believe it or not, I have very little to do with the Russians meddling with the election of Trump. I know, hard to believe, right? You can listen to my interview where we don’t discuss that at all on the USA Today site here.

Daily Photo – Along the Coast of Oregon

Seeing this photo makes me want to get back to Oregon for some more photo fun! I really only got about two days of photo time while here… not nearly enough. My new friend Brandin lives up this way, so we should plan a little photo session around his home state some time! 🙂

Along the Coast of Oregon

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  • Date Taken2011-08-07 22:19:05
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Thanks for Coming to the New York Talk!

Thanks to Max Stossel!

Max opened the show for us… he’s a special dude! Here’s a sample of what he does… hard to explain and easier to see!

More Editing from Jack’s Point

In today’s video, we get to see part two of some of the editing sessions from the photos I took at Jack’s Point. I’m not ecstatic about the way everything turned out, but you get to see everything anyway! 🙂

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Daily Photo – Thanks for Coming to the New York Talk!

Thanks again to everyone that came out to the talk at the Downtown New York Marriott! That was a lot of fun… I’m glad the talk resonated with you – at least I think it did! One of my favorite parts is after the event when everyone comes over to say hi. People share the craziest secrets with me! haha… it’s great. I’m a great secret keeper!

Thanks for Coming to the New York Talk!

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  • Date Taken2012-08-14 21:25:59
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The Creepy Haunted House

3D Printed Village

I saw this article about a 3D Printed Village that is coming soon to a Latin American country near you… awesome!

Daily Photo – The Creepy Haunted House

Somehow, I talked the Disney people into letting me behind the velvet rope to take some photos! These Disney Imagineers are so amazing at their set design… I don’t even know how they do it all, or even where they source their materials. I do my own humble best to try to capture it…

The Creepy Haunted House

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  • Date Taken2011-07-09 11:30:44
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Trump 2020?

Here are 10 photos +1 bonus at the rallies near the Trump event in Orlando, Florida the other day. Hey, I live in New Zealand, so I don’t have a dog in the hunt. All the streets were shut down, so I decided to visit both rallies; there are five photos from each rally… Pro and Anti. I’ll alternate the photos Anti/Pro. And the bonus photo is of the awesome police in the rain, standing ready to deal with Florida Man. I don’t know if you know about Florida Man, but if you do, you do.

Anti-Trump #1 – A giant inflatable baby Trump. I don’t know if it was the same one from London or a replicate.

Pro-Trump #1: This keeps your car cool when the sun is out. This child with an NRA shirt said one guy offered him $200 for it. He said no, but if I gave him $300, we had a deal!

Anti-Trump #2: This guy was dancing while the Mariachi band from Mexico was playing a tune.

Pro-Trump #2: That guy has two thumbs.

Anti-Trump #3: She jumped the wall, I suppose!

Pro-Trump #3: I asked this kid on my Insta story was his real hair and he said, “I wish!”

Anti-Trump #4 Some fun bedtime stories for the kids…

Pro-Trump #4: The line to get into the arena was several miles long… people traveled from all over to get here.

Anti-Trump #5: Meanwhile, at the other rally.

Pro-Trump #5: Yes, there was a scattering of LGBTTQQIAAP peeps in line to get into the arena to cheer for Trump.

Bonus Photo: Policemen stand by in the rain, ready to deal with Florida Man.
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Lighthouse in a Mysterious Place

New Tour Info!

I’ve announced the first two events for the 10-city tour that starts in less than a week! The first two locations are Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando. Event details are on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pg/treyratcliff/events/

In the former, I’ll be speaking at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa and in the latter, I’m hosting the event at the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes. I look forward to meeting you in person… this is a really fun event and I know you’ll have a blast! Also, I’m always looking for hot photo tips in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando as well. I’ll be in each city for four days, taking photos all over the place. I’m excited! After Orlando, other event cities on the tour include New York, Dallas, New Orleans, Montreal, Toronto, Pittsburg, Philly, Boston, and Burning Man.

Fort Lauderdale, I Think

Heartbeat Trance Music for Work

My friend Cliff Baise turned me on to this… sometimes, if I get tired of a playlist, I put on this generic stuff and then start cranking out the work!

Daily Photo – Lighthouse in a Mysterious Place

Does anyone know where this lighthouse is? I actually Do Not! Or, at least, I cannot remember. I am 99% sure it is in Florida, but I forgot to tag it on input. Normally, I am great at tagging locations when I import into Lightroom, but something strange must have happened this time around… It was about 8 years ago, and I have very little memory of where the hell I was then! 🙂

Lighthouse in a Mysterious Place

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  • Date Taken2011-11-23 17:12:35
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Way Back in Burning Man 2011

Burning Man Gallery

I am always updating my Burning Man Gallery up on SmugMug. You can go there to see the last 8 years of photos. I’m so stoked to go this year, year #9… and I’m bringing my friend Hugh Howey! He’s a virgin!

Daily Photo – Way Back in Burning Man 2011

Wow it’s hard to believe I’ve been going for so many years. This is the temple from that year, but this is a new photo I recently processed! I hope you enjoy this and some of the other photos from the gallery above.

Way Back in Burning Man 2011

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  • Date Taken2011-08-31 21:37:21
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Hanging in Beverly Hills

The Original

Here’s the photo below from the fine art collection at www.TreyRatcliff.com. This Paris museum shot is made from over 250 photos… We only do 3 prints of each of these, and this one is sold out.

Where Jules Verne Would Perform Experiments On Animal Kind

Daily Photo – Hanging in Beverly Hills

Here’s the above piece hanging in the home of one of my collector’s homes in Beverly Hills. He actually has two pieces hanging in here and another two in two more of his homes. As with all collectors, I am very thankful to him!

Hanging in Beverly Hills

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  • Date Taken2019-04-11 09:35:14
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Haircut in Chengdu

The Headmaze!

I’m Sooooo excited about this art piece… I want to mention it to help raise money to make it happen. It’s created by some of my favorite artists at Burning Man, so I hope you can contribute!

Here’s the link!

Daily Photo – Haircut in Chengdu

It’s a pretty fun little photo idea to go to old barber shops in old parts of distant cities. There’s always a bunch of characters in there and no one seems to mind the photography even though nobody speaks English. I think they are just happy to be interesting enough to get some attention!

Haircut in Chengdu

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